08
Nov
2019
Preventing Infection

Flu Season Survival Tips


05
Jul
2019
Preventing Infection
by Sabrina Jacobson, Guest Author

Health Tips for Summer Vacationers: How to Avoid Getting Sick While Traveling

While the colder months are more known as the time when contagious illnesses like the flu and norovirus are widespread, summer travel can lead to sickness if you’re not careful! Thousands of people visit rest stops or take planes or trains for vacation - it takes just one infected person to turn these spots into breeding zones for pathogens (disease-causing germs). So what do you need to know about summer illnesses? According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 22-64% of travelers to developing countries report travel-related health problems. Thankfully most illnesses are mild- but many of the infections travelers report only become apparent after their return home. Whether you get sick at the beginning or end of a trip, or sometime in between, illness can put a damper on the entire experience. ... Read More »

05
Apr
2019
Preventing Infection
by Ralph Morris, MD, MPH

Measles Outbreak of 2019: Symptoms, Transmission, and Vaccines

 Measles Returns In 2000, measles was declared eradicated from the U.S. Unfortunately, it is back. Measles outbreaks have been on the rise since 2008, and currently several states, including New York, Washington, Texas, Illinois, and California, are experiencing outbreaks. Measles is a highly contagious disease that can cause serious illness including death. According to... Read More »

11
Jan
2019
Preventing Infection
by Linda Golodner, and Barbara M. Soule, RN, MPA, CIC, FSHEA, FAPIC

How to Clean and Sanitize Your Laundry to Help Prevent the Spread of Pathogens at Home

Laundry chores are a fact of life. From emptying the clothes hamper to sorting, washing, drying, (maybe ironing), and storing clothes and linens for later use, these chores comprise a seemingly endless cycle of mind-numbing activities. But researchers tell us there is good reason to give laundry some careful thought. Why Sanitize Laundry? Did you... Read More »

21
Dec
2018
Preventing Infection
by Water Quality & Health Council

How Norovirus Spreads and What to Do When It Arrives in Your Home

The “stomach bug” or norovirus, can be a seasonal “downer” for the whole family. This so-called “perfect pathogen” is heartier than you might imagine. It spreads easily, remains viable on environmental surfaces for days (if it’s not hit with an effective disinfectant), and mutates over time, raising the possibility that your first harrowing experience with... Read More »

02
Nov
2018
Preventing Infection
by Bruce K. Bernard, PhD

Avoiding the Latest Salmonella Outbreaks with a Special Focus on Children and the Elderly

Ninety-two people in 29 states have been infected with an antibiotic resistant strain of bacteria known as Salmonella Infantis, according to a recent Investigation Notice by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). CDC reports the outbreak strain is present in live chickens and in many types of recalled raw chicken products including... Read More »

14
Sep
2018
Bleach
by Ralph Morris, MD, MPH

“Stomach Flu” Season: How the Virus Spreads Trojan Horse-Style

As students return to the classroom and we approach yet another “stomach flu” season, new research provides a fascinating glimpse into the transmission of stomach viruses, including the dreaded norovirus. According to the researchers, large numbers of norovirus particles can invade human cells “Trojan horse-style,” encased within a protective membrane known as a vesicle. Just as the fabled giant model horse of antiquity provided a concealed army of warriors access to the city of Troy, “vesicle-cloaked” viruses are stealthily delivered to human cells, undetected by the human immune system. How ingenious!... Read More »

03
Aug
2018
Preventing Infection
by Linda Golodner

Hepatitis A Prevention: Free Cleanup and Disinfection Posters

Recent multistate outbreaks of hepatitis A among homeless populations and their contacts prompted the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to issue an official Health Advisory in June 2018. The advisory provides guidance on hepatitis A infection to employees in health departments, healthcare facilities, and programs providing services to vulnerable populations. Several months before the advisory was issued, I was part of a collaborative group to develop a set of “pictogram posters” that communicate how to use chlorine bleach solutions to disinfect surfaces against the hepatitis A virus.... Read More »